Fewer mistakes.

Reading the newspaper this morning I found another sentence where the reporter used ‘less’ instead of ‘fewer.’ I do believe the word is going out of fashion. Nobody cares whether the word refers to quantity or plural- it’s ‘less people, less days, less readers – when it should be fewer. ‘Less’ should only be used when there is less sugar, less sunshine, less importance.

Is this the fault of English teachers? Do they still say, ‘Let the child be creative and don’t worry about spelling or grammar?’ I just feel anyone who is in the business of using words to convey information should be able to do it correctly.

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Breaking the writing ‘rules.’

Hooray, my blog is back where I can see it. I guess I was too impatient, or my computer didn’t send it properly.

Anyway, more marketing news. I have updated Goodreads and am about to have a go on Amazon Author Central.

I became aware , recently, that i had broken a few writing rules when I wrote ‘A bend in the Lane.’ I think it’s because I have been writing plays and there one can switch from character to character, whereas in books one is advised to stay with one point of view, at least for a chapter.

I found that when my main character was not present I wrote from another point of view, even if it was only for a short ‘scene.’ I didn’t notice while I was writing. It just seemed normal. I suppose that’s why people say my books are like reading a ‘soap.’

I’ll use my bookworm image so folk know this is a writing blog.

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Editing

AAAAH! That will teach me. I thought the proof of my book was ready for printing but NO WAY. After three goes at editing it myself, one beta reader and two more proof readings I thought I’d got it right. It isn’t enough!

My problem is my poor typing skills. I may have found all the spelling errors but I still don’t leave spaces in the right place, especially when I put dialogue within the text, rather than starting a new line.

‘Good morning,’ he said.’I hope you are well?’ should be – ‘Good morning,’ he said. ‘I hope you are well?’ It doesn’t show in this font but it does in more old fashioned ones. That’s a whole book I’ve got to change! My fault for trying to get up to date.

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Image hunting

Finding images for book covers is getting more complicated. I keep seeing the ones I want but they are either in landscape format, which won’t work for a book cover or they are houses for sale and I don’t know if I have permission to use them!

I have saved some on Google and will try to find a way to collect and save them without having to make a purchase, but I need to show them to other people so I need to be able to send them.

I’m going to try to find one  now and see if it will go on here. Am I allowed, I wonder?

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Proof reading

I know, ‘Never Proof Read Your Own Work!’ but when the manuscript has an error on almost every page one has to. Most of my mistakes are spacing errors because of my lazy typing but there are places where I should have used contractions, especially in dialogue and there are times when I have called someone by the wrong name ( unforgivable!)

Anyway, the first draft of the next novel is complete so I’m transferring all the corrections from the manuscript to the computer.

I still haven’t found a cover picture I like, although there are a few possibles.

All planning now in hand for the Southern Book Show on March 4th. All previous books will be for sale but mainly’ A Lesson for the Teacher’ as it has a wider appeal than just Worthing. All I need is lots of readers who remember the 1960’s!

One for writers

Double speech marks or single? I have noticed recently that double speech marks seem to be out of favour but I always used to use them so that singles could be kept for internal  thought.

The fourth story in the ‘Lane’ series has come to a natural end and is rather short. Should I leave it or try to add a couple of chapters?

As my style is very like ‘soaps’ on TV it is full of action and dialogue and I have tried my best to introduce description where it is necessary but I am not a literary writer and quite like the way people say they can finish a book in a few hours.It shows they find it difficult to put it down once they have started.

Anyway, now comes the part I don’t like – going through as an editor looking for errors. I’ll ask one of the sea scribes to beta read it before I send it to be printed. I’ve a new idea for the cover so that’s the fun to come!

More research

Checking on locations from a computer is so much easier that going there. I am noted for setting my novels in Sussex, even if I don’t name the streets or buildings but this next book is set all over the country and I haven’t the time or money to go to every place.

Thanks to the internet I can view the settings I want to use and even get reviews so I can get a real feel for each place. I have been viewing pictures of Cornwall and it makes one want to visit, it looks so beautiful. The only time I usually look at photos is when I’m choosing a book cover but I haven’t decided what to put on the cover of this one yet. I’m only 15000 words in! I saved a picture but now I can’t find it to add to the post.

Another time, perhaps!